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Road Work Ahead

May 28, 2009 – Warmer weather has arrived, and with it, the construction season. Several projects are already underway in Thunder Bay. Road construction can result in road closures, detours and delays for drivers. Watch for signage and please drive with extra care in construction zones.

The following areas are scheduled for road and other major infrastructure work expected to affect traffic during the period from May 28 to June 19, 2008. The City’s Capital Budget provides funding for these projects. Some of this year’s construction projects, including road and bridge work, are funded through the Federal Gas Tax Program and Provincial Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative.

For more information or to view a map of construction projects, go to Living, Getting Around, Road Work Ahead.

Temporary street closures will be in effect:

  • Saturdays beginning May 2 to Oct. 31 from 8 am to 5 pm, Victoria Avenue East from May Street to Brodie Street for the Victoria Avenue Downtown Farmers’ Market.
  • Friday June 5 from 5 pm until Sunday June 7 at 9 pm, Waverly Street from Red River Road to Banning Street will be closed. Friday, June 5 from 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturday, June 6 from 8 am to 9 pm and Sunday June 7 from noon to 9 pm, Waverly Street from Banning Street to Algoma Street will be closed for The Thunder 100 Soap Box Race.
  • Monday, June 15 from 1 pm – 2 pm from the west lane of Madeline Street from the Grandview Arena to River Street and the north, curb lane of River Street from Madeline Street to the 55+ Centre on River Street for the Walk to Celebrate Seniors.
  • Friday June 19 from 3 pm to 9 pm, Saturday June 20 from noon to 9 pm and Sunday June 21 from noon to 4 pm, Court Street from Park Avenue to Red River Road, Red River Road from Court Street to Cumberland Street, St. Paul Street from Red River Road to Van Norman Street and Cumberland Street from Lincoln Street to Van Norman Street will be closed for the Harbourfest Family Festival.
  • Every Wednesday from June 24 to August 19 (with the exception of July 1) from 5 pm to 9 pm Bobby Curtola Drive from the CN Station Parking Lot to the base of the Overpass and Saul Laskin Drive will be closed for Summer in the Parks events.

Road Work Ahead:

  • $1.5 million Balmoral Street Bridge rehabilitation will begin in mid May and last through the construction season. Two lanes of traffic will be open along Balmoral Street at reduced speeds. Access to Forest Street from Balmoral Street will be closed during the duration of the project. Please follow the posted detours. This project includes a wider pedestrian/cycle pathway on the west side of the bridge.
  • Right turn lane construction and sidewalk relocation at Memorial Avenue at Central Avenue. Watch for lane closures during construction.
  • Asphalt resurfacing on Fassina Street, Government Road, Hilldale Road, Ford Street, Tupper Street, Leslie Avenue, Cowan Street and Syndicate Avenue. Local access only and possible driveway access restrictions.
  • Road reconstruction on sections of Balmoral Street and John Street. Lane closures and traffic re-routing during construction.
  • Road reconstruction on McComber Crescent and Gladman Crescent. Local access only and possible driveway access restrictions.
  • Road reconstruction and turning lane improvements on Isabel Street. Road closed to through traffic during construction.
  • Turn lane and road widening at the John Street Road and Mapleward Road intersection. Watch for temporary detours, road closures and local traffic only restrictions.
  • Sidewalk replacement on both sides of Frederica Street in the Westfort Business area. Work to include decorative lighting and boulevard trees.
  • Sidewalk replacement on Isabella Street, McKellar Street and Finlayson Street. Pedestrian and driveway access may be affected.
  • Traffic signal rebuild project at Cumberland Street and MacDougall Street intersection. Watch for lane closures as the work proceeds.
  • Storm Sewer construction includes Phase III of the Intercity Drainage Project which will nearly complete this multi-million dollar drainage improvement project in the Intercity Area.
  • The other notable underground infrastructure project currently underway is along Van Norman Street and Brown Street.

The City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste and Recycling Facility development project is nearing completion. The site will be opening late this summer. Methane gas collection project is underway in partnership with Thunder Bay Hydro developing an agreement to construct a power generating station and a methane gas heat recovery system that will use the facility’s methane gas as fuel. 

The above list includes major, traffic-affecting construction only. Work including sidewalk replacements is also proceeding in residential areas and other areas around the City. The schedule is subject to change. Watch for monthly, updated information on scheduled ‘Road Work Ahead’.

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Contact: Rick Harms, Project Engineer – Engineering, 625-3071
                     Brian Newman, Project Engineer – Engineering, 625-2521